Committed to Opera

Elaine Douvas, Principal Oboe

Elaine Douvas has been Principal Oboe of the Metropolitan Opera since 1977, highlighted by her performance of the Strauss Oboe Concerto with Maestro Levine the MET Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in 2004 and many performances with the MET Chamber Ensemble. She has served on the oboe faculty of The Juilliard School since 1982 and was appointed Woodwind Department Chairman in 1997. She has given master classes at the Curtis and Cleveland Institutes of Music, the Eastman and Manhattan Schools of Music, the New World Symphony, and the Conservatories of Beijing, Shanghai, and London’s Royal Academy of Music. In the summers, Ms. Douvas is an artist/faculty member of the Aspen Music Festival and School, and she is a past participant in the Marlboro, Grand Teton, Angel Fire, and Bravo! Colorado Festivals. Her solo CDs are issued by Boston Records, Oboe Classics, and Music Minus One. Having trained at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Interlochen Arts Academy, her first job was Principal Oboe of the Atlanta Symphony under Robert Shaw. For the past 20 years she has devoted her spare time to figure skating and has passed eleven USFSA tests in free-style and “moves”. This season’s non-Met project is the Messiaen “Concerto a Quatre” with her quartet “Pleasure is the Law” and the New York Youth Symphony at Carnegie Hall on March 2, 2014.